There’s no alternative: help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells UN

New York City, N.Y., Feb 2, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed calls to support negotiations between Israel and Palestine and between the warring factions in Syria.“Certain elements among both peoples have suffered too long from the misguided view that force will resolve their differences. Only sustained negotiations, entered into in good faith, will resolve their … [Read more...]

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Who else is facing off during the Super Bowl? Catholic Charities

Denver, Colo., Feb 2, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Whether fans are rooting for the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers in the upcoming NFL Super Bowl 50, Catholic Charities of Denver, Colorado and Charlotte, South Carolina are uniting to host a friendly Charity Bowl Challenge that any football fan can cheer for.Executive directors from both cities announced the wager last week, betting that the online fundraising challenge could bring their charities $50,000 by the end of the Feb. 7 … [Read more...]

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Why there’s a backlash against solitary confinement in US prisons

Washington D.C., Feb 1, 2016 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he entered the notorious Rikers Island prison in New York, awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack.He stayed in solitary almost two years as his family couldn’t pay his bail, enduring beatings by the guards and fellow prisoners and attempting suicide multiple times. He was later released, but last June he committed suicide at age 22.When President Obama last Monday announced new … [Read more...]

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Catholics crowdsource in hopes of rescuing alleged St. Kateri relic

Albany, N.Y., Jan 30, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic faithful are banding together to help rescue a possible relic of St. Kateri Tekawitha in a strange – and thoroughly modern – way: by using a crowdsourcing internet forum.“It’s my first GoFundMe,” said Bill Jacobs, co-founder and president of the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center.Speaking to CNA about the center’s “Rescue Saint Kateri Reliquary!” campaign, he explained, … [Read more...]

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What Catholics are doing about Flint’s stunning water scandal

Flint, Mich., Jan 29, 2016 / 03:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “It all started before Christmas. We knew something was wrong with the water.”Vicky Schultz is president and CEO of Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, headquartered in Flint, Michigan. In a recent interview, she recounted the development of the city’s public health crisis over the last two years.“Everybody knew that the water had an orange tint. Everyone talked about the smell of it,” … [Read more...]

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From slavery to model of mercy – the powerful story of Julia Greeley

Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Julia Greeley was a familiar sight on the streets of Denver in the late 1800s and early 1900s.Wearing a floppy hat, oversized shoes, and dabbing her bad eye with a handkerchief, Greeley was often seen pulling her red wagon of goods to deliver to the poor and homeless of the city. She had a particularly special devotion to the Sacred Heart, and would deliver images and information about the icon to firefighters throughout Denver every … [Read more...]

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Planned Parenthood investigator protected as undercover journalist, lawyer says

Washington D.C., Jan 27, 2016 / 05:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Planned Parenthood investigators indicted by a Houston grand jury on Monday were not breaking the law as they are undercover journalists, maintains the lawyer for the lead investigator, David Daleiden.Daleiden’s use of a false identification, linked to his undercover report on Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston, is “standard undercover technique” and is allowed under Texas law, Peter Breen of the Thomas More … [Read more...]

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